Wednesday 22 May, 2019

10 things that cheered up Trinidad and Tobago in 2017

The year 2017 was one marked by rising crime, natural disasters and economic worries. 

However, not all stories were dark ones. Here are 10 good news stories that uplifted T&T:


1. T&T strikes GOLD in Men's 4x400M at Worlds

It was a well-deserved victory for the nation's dream team - Jarrin Solomon, Jereem Richards, Machel Cedenio and Lalonde Gordon - after they brought home gold in the Men's 4x400M relay at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

In other good news, Trinidad and Tobago was awarded gold in the men's 4x100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter tested positive for doping. 


2. Glorious gold and new world record for Akeem Stewart

In July Trinidad and Tobago's golden boy, Paralympic Olympic athlete Akeem Stewart, made history yet again after setting a new world record and winning gold in the Men's Javelin Throw at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017. 


3. Child marriage abolished in T&T

In a significant achievement for the rights of the child in this country, amendments to the country's marriage laws were assented to by Parliament and the President, making it unlawful for children under the age of 18 to being married.

The move was met with opposition from several groups, including head of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Satnarine Maharaj.

4. VIDEO: 'Good Samaritan' helps stranded pedestrians in City Gate

In July, a viral video showing a man attempting to help stranded pedestrians during flooding in the capital warmed the hearts of citizens.

Many people commended this mystery driver, who made repeated trips to rescue pedestrians from flooding near City Gate, Port of Spain.


5. Caparo heroes rescue child from flood waters

Amidst the devastation of heavy flooding which destroyed many homes this year, one story went viral, inspiring the nation.

Neil Joseph and Victor Dick from Caparo Village rescued a pregnant mother,her husband and their two children after floodwaters swept their car into a river.


6. T&T beats USA, kicking them out of the 2018 World Cup

It was epic schadenfreude (German word meaning delight in another's misery), after Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors beat the US 2-1 during a World Cup qualifier, stopping the US team from progressing to the 2018 World Cup. 

This, after the US threw shade at Trinis for a partly flooded pitch at the Ato Boldon Stadium just a day earlier. 

It may not be considered inspiring for some, but many Trinis viewed it as poetic justice after a 1990 World Cup ouster at the hands of the US at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.


7. 69-year-old Trini farmer graduates from Scottish university

Ramgopaul Roop's achievement shows that it's not too late to follow your dreams, once you have the determination and follow-through.

Roop graduated with a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction from Edinburgh Napier University and flew to Edinburgh in 2017 to attend his graduation. 


8. Law scholarship winner vows to help Beetham

First-time winner of the 2017 Makandal Daaga Scholarship at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Kareem Marcelle, is determined to use his skills to help the community of Beetham Gardens.

Marcelle told his own story of the trials he overcame and inspired others with his determination and vision. 


9. T&T's pineapples star in Sesame Street

In December T&T again took to the world stage after well-known television show Sesame Street visited the island to feature local farmers and their products. The feature looks at pineapples and how the country is working hard to make food production a main factor in our economy. 


10. BBC's Sir David Attenborough features Trinidad conservationist on Blue Planet II

Although there is still lots of work to be done to conserve our environment, one Trinibagonian man's efforts have not gone unnoticed. 

The BBC's world-famous documentary, Blue Planet II, included a feature on Len Peters, a Grande Riviere local villager who, despite growing up in a community where eating turtle meat was considered normal, began working in the area to educate the younger generation around the importance of conservation of the endangered creature.

It is both a warning and commendation that although there are Trinbagonians fighting to save our environment, there is much more we need to do. 


What other good news stories inspired you this year?


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